Aeschylus (c. 525-456 BCE)

“…for those who flocked to war
they are holding back the anguish now,
you can feel it rising now in every house;
I tell you there is much to tear the heart.

They knew the men they sent,
but now in place of men
ashes and urns come back
to every hearth.”

  • From Aeschylus’ Agamemnon (approximately lines 425-435), translated by Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Classics, 1979.

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